Jon Poole to step down as Chief Executive by the end of 2022

Jon Poole (Chief Executive) has formally notified the IFST Board of Trustees of his intention to leave the organisation later this year to focus full-time on the consultancy role that he has been managing on a part time basis alongside his Chief Executive position. 

Helen Munday our president said “On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to thank Jon for the work he has done over the last 12 years in guiding IFST to the position of being the leading professional body for food science and technology in the UK. Under his leadership the Institute has grown in membership and is internationally respected for its opinion on matters of food science and technology and also in the way it delivers knowledge and professional development to support the needs of its members. We will be very sad to say goodbye to Jon but we are pleased that he will be supporting us over the remainder of this year in finding a suitable successor and in progressing some exciting initiatives that he has championed in his time including Chartership and Professional Recognition, to name but two”

Jon said ”I have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading IFST and working with such committed colleagues in the executive team, our Board of Trustees, our members and all of our stakeholders. The Institute continues to thrive and now is a good time to hand over the baton to a new Chief Executive to drive our strategy forward. I would like to thank all of those who I have had the pleasure of working with over these years for your wonderful support”